SMWCon Fall 2013 retrospect

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SMWCon Fall 2013 was surveyed by the organisers to allow attendees to provide feedback. This page aggregates the feedback provided by them. A document containing detailed individual feedback is available for organisers of future SMWCons. The organisers of themselves have additionally created a "Lessons learned" document available for future organisers of SMWCons.

1) What did you like the most about the conference?
  1. Organisation
    • Well organised
    • Nice atmosphere
  2. Contents
    • Wide area of topics
      • Applications / extensions / use cases talked about
  3. Participation/Networking
    • Wide range/good mix of people
    • Experts speaking and attending
    • Great interaction among participants
2) How can we improve the conference next time?
  1. Format
    • more speakers
      • more tutorials/demos
      • more lightning talks
    • allow for more impromptu sessions (birds of feather)
      • discussions about marketing
      • discussions about business use
      • discussions about programming issues
    • more time for single talks (20 min too rushed)
    • longer lunch breaks (1 ½ h)
    • more interaction between attendees (to be achieved by a mix of improvements: see points above)
  2. Location
    • Solid bandwidth required
    • More signs and pointers to the right spot
    • tables rather than chairs, especially for tutorials
    • More space per person
    • Sufficient power supply
3) What group do you belong to?
  • Academia - 11
  • For-profit organization - 7
  • Non-profit organization - 3
  • Government or public organization - 5
  • Student - 4
4) What best describes your job position?
  • business owner - 1
  • manager - 6
  • developer/programmer - 10
  • professor/researcher - 10
  • student - 4
  • other - consultant, employee
5) Where did you learn about the conference?
  • poster - 0
  • LinkedIn - 2
  • mailing lists - 5
  • huge banner on semantic-mediawiki.org - 13
  • from friend - 7
  • other - internet research about wiki systems, google, GSoC mentor
6) What topic interests you the most in the conference
  • Business applications of semantic wikis - 12
  • Scientific applications of semantic wikis - 8
  • Technical talks - 15
  • Current status talks - 12
  • Other - roadmap
7) Which conference sessions were the most interesting for you?
  • 1st day. Morning Session 2. Current status of SMW and new ideas - 9
  • 1st day. Morning Session 3. Consulting business - 5
  • 1st day. Afternoon Session 1. Science and SMW - 11
  • 2nd day. Morning Session 1. Semantic Tools - 9
  • 2nd day. Morning Session 2. Models and SMW - 11
  • 2nd day. Afternoon Session 1. SMW in Public Sector - 7
  • 2nd day. Afternoon Session 2. More SMW! - 4
8) What was your main motivation for coming to the conference?
  • Networking: meeting with people interested in some topics - 15
  • Listening to the news about SMW - 14
  • Promoting my tool/project/idea - 3
  • I’m new to SMW and I wanted to learn about it - 7
  • Other - sharing experience/knowledge, tutorial/some talks
9) What do you think about the review process of the conference (if applicable)?
  • I like it, let’s make it the same next time - 11
  • It’s too demanding - 0
  • It has to be more formal - 2
  • We don’t need a review process - 2
  • Other - call for talks with criteria
10) How do you contribute to Semantic MediaWiki (check all that is applicable)?
  • I write the code of SMW or semantic extensions - 10
  • I write or translate the documentation - 0
  • I write scientific papers or media articles mentioning SMW - 11
  • I answer questions on mailing lists and community portal - 2
  • I promote SMW among my friends - 11
  • I promote SMW among my students\colleagues - 14
  • Other - offer SMW based services to customers
11) How do you use SMW?
  • I use it for my business - 10
  • I use it for my non-profit activities - 13
  • I use it in learning process - 9
  • I don’t use SMW - 1
  • Other - research projects/personal knowledge management